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Commonwealth Writers

The Commonwealth Writers feature at the Hay Festival for the first time this year, with the winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize being announced in Hay on Friday 8 June by previous winner Chimamanda Ngozi … Continue reading

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London has a new book festival

Thanks to the Telegraph online for this one… Jimmy Carr, P.D. James and A.S. Byatt are among the speakers at the first ‘Words In the Park’ Festival in London’s Holland Park. London will host a new literary festival next weekend … Continue reading

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Battle for the Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

Sir Terry Pratchett and Sue Townsend are among the five writers competing for this year’s Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. The judges of the prize are: James Naughtie, broadcaster and author; David Campbell, Everyman’s Library publisher; and Peter … Continue reading

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Greek financial tragedy turned into fiction

Murders at the heart of Petros Markaris’ new book echo the fury felt towards Greece’s tax-dodging elite. Markaris’ novel tells of a serial killer stalking the wealthy suburbs of Athens for rich Greek victims who have failed to pay their … Continue reading

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World Book Night

Stephen Fry joins 20,000 volunteers that are giving away a million free copies of books, as part of the annual reading event, World Book Night. The event held on Monday 23 April, involved many celebrity voluteers ranging from Stephen Fry, … Continue reading

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‘Coarse language’ and violence top list of UK parents’ complaints about books

Thanks to the Guardian for this one… Children’s books from Roald Dahl to the Horrible Histories series spark complaints to UK library authorities While Americans are busy protesting about the violence and offensive language present in dystopian smash hit The … Continue reading

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Animal Magic poetry debut for Liz Brownlee

Thanks to Writers online for this one… With over sixty anthology appearances to her name, poet and regular Talkbacker Liz Brownlee is celebrating with the publication of her debut solo collection, Animal Magic. “After attending two creative writing courses around … Continue reading

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A little bit strange…

Thanks to Writers Online for this unusual one! The Diagram Prize is awarded annually by The Bookseller to the strangest book titles of the year. Cooking with Poo is a Thai recipe book, and the ‘Poo’ of the title refers … Continue reading

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Arabic book award withheld over lack of suitable candidates

A book award to celebrate the best in Arab literature has been withdrawn due to a lack of suitable candidates. None of the shortlisted books were deemed good enough to secure Sheikh Zayed Book award’s literature prize and the £130,000 … Continue reading

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Pottermore will finally open to all in April following lengthy delay

J.K. Rowling’s interactive website, where users can navigate the world of Harry Potter, has been in beta since launching on 31 July. It was opened to one million registered test users, and set to go live last October. However, developers … Continue reading

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